NEW YORK, April 30, 2014 /PRNewswire-USNewswire/ -- The American Jewish Committee (AJC) honored Dr. Julie L Gerberding, president of Merck Vaccines, with the global advocacy organization's Women's Global Leadership Award. The award was presented today at the AJC Women's Leadership Spring Luncheon, held at The Pierre Hotel in New York City.
"Dr. Gerberding is a true champion of global health," said AJC President Stanley M. Bergman, who presented the award to Gerberding. "Through Julie's tireless advocacy, tremendous contributions to the development of innovative health solutions, and commitment to educating the next generation of health care leaders, she continues to improve the lives of countless individuals around the world."
The AJC award recognizes Gerberding as an acclaimed global business leader, tireless advocate for access to medical care, and devoted healer and humanitarian. She is the first recipient of the AJC Women's Global Leadership Award.
"Health is a precious resource, essential for building strong and prosperous communities throughout the world," said Gerberding. "I'm passionate about helping to protect people's health while in my role at Merck Vaccines and in my previous roles at the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention and University of California San Francisco. My tenure at these institutions has also reaffirmed my belief that women can be especially effective champions for global health promotion."
Gerberding, a passionate advocate for sustainable solutions for global health, is responsible for Merck's current portfolio of vaccines, planning for the introduction of vaccines from the company's pipeline, and accelerating efforts to broaden access to Merck's vaccines around the world. She served as director of the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) from 2002 to 2009.